Kminga’s getting the hang of it. Can the Warriors pick the big smart two years in a row?
The Warriors-Lakers game is always going to be the focus of attention, and even though the Lakers and Warriors seem to be out of the same league right now, it’s hard not to turn on the livestream when you have two big players like Janku.James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar today to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer in regular season and playoffs.The point of this record is to remind us once again how good Lebron is.Of course, James is already the leading scorer in the playoffs. James is now the third-best player in regular season history, and will pass Malone in second this season, then challenge Kareem abdul-Jabbar for the all-time regular-season title next season, and maybe 40,000 points after that.Obviously James knew it was his big night and played extra hard, scoring 18 points in the first half.And milestone night is bound to have a show stealer, and that person is the warrior’s Kuminga.In the first half, Kuminga finished with 16 points and five rebounds on 7-of-8 shooting, dunks and putbacks, all of his points coming from the paint.Here, Kminga took a clipboard and dunked one. There, James snapped back one.Today, Kminga is probably the ideal warriors fans look, not holding the ball blind, get the ball is the use of excellent physical frame, as well as the court rebound, the perfect blue-collar role.Not just today, but all this time, Kuminga has been playing like this.Over the past five games, Kuminga is averaging 16.4 points and shooting 57 percent from the field.With today’s game, Kuminga has scored in double figures in six straight games and has entered the Warriors’ rotation on a steady basis.In the first month and a half of the season, Kuminga hasn’t scored in double figures.He was wasting the ball in his few minutes, and warriors fans knew he was going to get hurt when they saw him with the ball.When fans thought the Warriors were going to be the “big smart” for the second year in a row, kuminga suddenly clicked.Kuminga was a diamond in the rough, one-dimensional offense, loose focus on defense, shooting problems, brute strength, etc.But under Kerr’s tutelage, Kuminga gradually understood what he needed to do on the pitch.Start on defense, grab rebounds, get second chances.Keep running around looking for open cuts and trying to make those open threes.At Warriors, Kuminga doesn’t have to become a savior overnight.Start small, step by step, don’t try to hold the ball, that’s what Curry and Wiggins do.So you can see he’s getting better and better, getting consistent minutes, playing to his strengths and learning from his weaknesses.Kuminga is not as silly on the inside as he is on the outside. He is only 19 years old and he is already so good.No matter how blind the Warriors’ front office is, they can’t pick smart two years in a row.